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As a break from his Dr. Kildare series, Richard Chamberlain got to get some good exposure on the big screen in Twilight of Honor. He didn't stray too much from his character of Dr. James Kildare though. Chamberlain is an idealistic young doctor on the small screen, on the big screen he's an idealistic young lawyer.
Twilight of Honor does have the potential for a television series. Claude Rains is the older and wise lawyer mentor here, just as Raymond Massey was on television for Chamberlain. Rains also has an attractive young daughter in Joan Blackman who aids both of the men in her life.
The real acting honors go to among others Nick Adams as the poor dumb hick of an Air Force veteran who is arrested for the murder of one of the town's leading citizens. The whole small New Mexican town is quite stirred up by the homicide and there's a lynch mob mentality brewing. A lot of very influential folks want to see Adams given a death sentence with at most a perfunctory trial. Adams is quite touching in his performance and was given an Oscar nomination for his performance.
Two other cast members worthy of note are James Gregory as the smarmy ambitious special prosecutor brought in for the judicial lynching. And the real surprise to me is Pat Buttram who plays the deceased and who's story gets told in flashback. For those of you who remember Pat from Green Acres, Hee Haw, or as Gene Autry's sidekick on his television series, this is quite a revelation. He's quite good in a serious role as a man going through a midlife crisis. But I'm sure the public just didn't accept him in a serious part, I can't recall him ever getting another one.
I'm sure MGM had a problem with this one. A few years later when made for TV movies started, Twilight of Honor would have been one of the best acclaimed. It sort of slipped in and out of the theaters before real notice was paid attention. That's a pity because it is a good film and catch it the next time TCM runs it.
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